Concerns & Clarification on the FDA Guidelines for Social Media (#FDAsm)

Last Tuesday afternoon, there was a Twitter chat on the new FDA guidance on social media that was hosted by the medical librarians group (#MedLibs), but which engaged an audience that also included healthcare professionals, lawyers, and communication specialists. It was a very interesting chat that touched on concerns, assumptions, misunderstandings, clarifications, and resources. You … Continue reading Concerns & Clarification on the FDA Guidelines for Social Media (#FDAsm)

#MakeHealth was AMAZING – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 18, 2014)

It's always a delight to have the opportunity to show off a University of Michigan event in these posts. It's even more of a delight to show off an event of which I was so intimately a part, even though I have to confess I feel like I did very little and it was the … Continue reading #MakeHealth was AMAZING – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 18, 2014)

The #MakeHealth Fest Reveals Local Innovation

If you aren't already aware of the big event on Saturday in Palmer Commons, you might be interested in checking it out. The We Make Health Fest is a community-campus collaboration that is creating connections and opportunities to show off local creativity and innovation in making health. This is especially true at the level of … Continue reading The #MakeHealth Fest Reveals Local Innovation

Time to Comment on the NEW FDA Guidelines for Social Media Use in Healthcare

Draft Guidance for Industry on Internet/Social Media Platforms: Correcting Independent Third-Party Misinformation About Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices; Availability: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/18/2014-14221/draft-guidance-for-industry-on-internetsocial-media-platforms-correcting-independent-third-party The FDA has released new guidelines for how social media is used in healthcare. The University of Michigan had been involved in commenting on the original call for comments on this topic, and emphasized the … Continue reading Time to Comment on the NEW FDA Guidelines for Social Media Use in Healthcare

Using Twitter to Counteract Hype (#Ebola) – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 4, 2014)

From Wikimedia Commons: Ebola virions; Ebola virus particles In the last week, I don't think there has been a moment when the trending hashtags display on my Twitter page has NOT listed "Ebola." This is in part due to the attention resulting from two American healthcare providers having been infected with the Ebola virus while … Continue reading Using Twitter to Counteract Hype (#Ebola) – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 4, 2014)

Pubmed is LIVE on Social Media – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 21, 2014)

PubMed Update: Social Media Icons Added. NLM Tech Bull. 2014 Jul-Aug;(399):b2. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/brief/ja14_pm_social_media_icons.html Have you been straddling the fence deciding whether or not social media is "a thing" in healthcare? Well, maybe this will tip the balance. Pubmed now includes social media sharing icons at the article level, as shown in the image above. This is … Continue reading Pubmed is LIVE on Social Media – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 21, 2014)

Trust & Health Information in Social Media – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 14, 2014)

The question of trust is not a new one — who we trust, how we trust, why we trust. All of these are known to be critical in healthcare, even more so now that we have the Internet and social media. In last's evening's #HCSM Twitter chat, a group of patients and doctors debated portions … Continue reading Trust & Health Information in Social Media – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 14, 2014)

Make Health Fest Coming August 16!

We Make Health Fest Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014 University of Michigan Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Rooms Short Description "A collaborative event for a local and virtual community interested in health, technology, and participatory design. Join us for a full day of health themed design and maker activities!" Longer Description Many types of events are being … Continue reading Make Health Fest Coming August 16!

On Making Health – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of June 24, 2014)

#MakeHealth, #MakerNurse, #MedLibs, and #NationOfMakers lead off this week's highlighted hashtags. What they all have in common is connections between maker culture and making health. What is maker culture? Funny you should ask. Find yourself wondering WHAT exactly a makerspace is? Here's your answer. http://t.co/wvM7xEacnY #NationOfMakers #TinkerOn— Liquid Wrench (@LiquidWrench) June 21, 2014 I think … Continue reading On Making Health – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of June 24, 2014)

World Refugee Day

"On World Refugee Day, I call on the international community to intensify efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and to help achieve peace and security so that families can be reunited and refugees can return home."Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonUnfortunately, a day doesn’t go by when we don’t encounter the brutality of individuals and families fleeing their … Continue reading World Refugee Day